Image: Jeffrey Stilwell
A pair of long-legged flies met a Romeo-and-Juliet ending some 90 million years ago, when a falling drop of tree resin ruined their tender moment. On the bright side, their disrupted act of fornication was preserved for all eternity in this pornographic piece of amber. Prehistoric spiders, ants, midges, and a pair of copulating flies are among a unique treasure trove of amber fossils described in a paper
published today in Scientific Reports. Amber fossils are typically associated with the northern hemisphere, particularly Myanmar, which has produced a bewildering assortment of fossils over the years. The new selection is unique in that these are among of the oldest amber fossils collected from the southern hemisphere, including sites in Australia and New Zealand. The new paper was headed by Jeffrey Stilwell from the Monash School of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment.
Various critters found trapped in amber originating from the southern hemisphere.
Image: JD Stillwell et al., 2047 / Scientific Reports
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